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Japanese diaper production increases.

Year end figures for 1992 revealed that diaper production in Japan increased 5.3% to 284,285 tons from the year before. Increases of 3.6% in baby diapers and 12.7% in adult diapers fueled the growth. Although the figures for baby diapers do indicate a minor recovery from 1991, a year that posted a 4.7% decline in production, the 1992 total did not surpass the record 1990 figures.

With Japan's declining birth rate and high market penetration, further large increases in baby diaper production are not expected. On the other hand, adult diaper production is forecast to continue at greater than 10% growth rates and it will likely be the driving force behind further diaper increases.
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Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Date:Apr 1, 1993
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